Renting a house can be an exciting experience that results in a great place to live in a great location with the amenities and facilities you need. Source: commons.Wikimedia.orgSometimes in the excitement, though, we forget to ask a few key questions that are important to address before we sign on the dotted line. Fortunately, most landlords are very receptive to answering these questions and want to help you know all the facts before you make the move. Three questions every tenant should feel free to ask before signing a lease include having pets, making minor repairs and renovations, and satellite installation. Can You Keep Pets? Landlords differ on whether they allow pets, and the ones who allow pets sometimes restrict pet ownership to certain types of animals and sizes. It is important to ask these questions to your potential landlord – or even your current landlord if you are thinking about bringing home a new furry family member. Also, ask how many pets are allowed and how big they can be. There might also be a special deposit required for pets. Can I Make Minor Repairs and Renovations, like Painting? This is another common question tenants have but sometimes don’t ask. You may want to repaint your home, hang up decorations, change curtains into blinds and vice-versa, or make other adjustments to the property. It’s always a good idea to ask your landlord what you can do to modify your place when renting a home. Most landlords allow basic modifications, but it always helps to ask. Can I Install a Satellite Dish? Finally, some tenants may need to install a satellite dish and may assume that it is allowed on a specific property. As common as satellite dishes are these days, this is not always allowed. For example, most dish companies would like to install the dish on the roof (which we currently do not allow), so a deck or a pole in the yard is usually the only place that is possible – but that could be a safety hazard. There may be other considerations at play, too, which is why talking to your landlord is a great idea. When in doubt, ask – your relationship with your landlord as a tenant will be much stronger if you do. If you are looking to rent a house in Birmingham, AL, contact gkhouses.com for the consultation and properties you need to find the perfect place to call home.
Matthew is the CEO of Evernest. He is a student of the book Good to Great and is passionate about building the best property management company on the planet (and maybe even the universe if Elon Musk will hurry up). You can usually find Matthew at the baseball field with his son, at a dance recital with his daughter, or at his favorite restaurant with his wife, when he’s not in the office. And if you can’t find him in any of those places, it probably means he’s traveling.